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that is a good thing. >> that is going to do it for use thanks for watching. we'll see you at 6:00. tonight on "world news," humbled and shaken. the words used about the power house billionaire rupert murdoch, who was jeered and heckled, asking forgiveness from a grieving family. the scandal inside his global media empire explodes. deadlines and dares. politicians play with fire on the debt deadline as the president warns against what he called armageddon. collision course. two planes loaded with passssgers and jet fuel run into each other on the tarmac at boston's busy airport. memory test. has google changed your memory, your brain? take our quiz tonight. and, our small but mighty "person of the week."
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good evening. it was a remarkable drama that unfolded today. the famously powerful and intimidating rupert murdoch whose global media empire includes "the wall street journal" and fox, begged forgiveness from a grieving family, victimized by his reporters. he is caught in a scandal that continues to grow by the minute, engulfing his company. and abc's jeffrey kofman in london tells us what happened today. jeffrey? >> reporter: well, good evening, diane. you know, you don't see this very often. a corporate titan, the head of one of the largest media companies in the world, a man with a reputation for ruthlessness, on bended knee, asking a family for forgiveness. but that's exactly what rupert murdoch did today. his life's work now stained by scandal. his grip on global empire in peril. a contrite rupert murdoch came to say he is sorry, as onlookers screamed "shame on you." >> did you apologize?
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>> of course i did. of course i did. >> reporter: it's the first time murdoch has spoken since this scandal exploded. >> i'm the founder of the company. i was appalled to find out what had happened. and i apologized and i have nothing further to say. >> reporter: with that, the titan turned and left. he was apologizing to the parents of milly dowler, who disappeared in 2002. it was revealed the girl's voicemail had been hacked and messages deleted by a reporter, giving the dowlers false hope that she was alive. she had been murdered. the dowlers' lawyer described the media giant as humbled. >> yes, he did apologize. he apologized many times. i don't think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times and say they were sorry. >> reporter: murdoch admitting he disgraced his father and mother, who is alive at 102. >> he said the word sorry. this was not the standard set by
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his father, a respected journalist, not the standard set by his mother. >> reporter: and murdoch will say it again tomorrow. he is taking out this full-page ad in all the london newspapers. but apologies may not be enough. there are criminal investigators here and now, by the fbi, looking at one allegation that murdoch's paper tried to hack into the voicemails of families who lost loved ones on 9/11. and diane, the casualties just keep coming. the head of murdoch's operations here, rebekah brooksksresigned today. and in new york, the man who runs the company that runs "the wall street journal," les hinton, he resigned, too. he used to be here. as for the dowler family, they told one of f e most powerful men in the world that they could forgive him, but they could not forget. diane? >> jeffrey kofman reporting in from london tonight, as we said, what a drama. and we turn now to the drama of the american economy. and today, the president laid out the worst that can happen if
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congress does not take action. that debt clock ticking down to august 2nd. america's ability to pay its bills on the line. abc's jake tapper reports from the white house. >> reporter: the presidentnt continued to push for a big, painful deficit reduction package. >> we have a unique opportunity to do something big. >> reporter: and for the first time publicly, he detailed a specific, possible cut to a popular entitlement program. can you tell us one structural reform that you are willing to make to one of these entitlement programs that would have a major impact on the deficit? >> i've said that means testing on medicare. meaning, people like myself, you can envision a situation where, for somebody in my position, me having to pay a little bit more on premiums or copays or things like that would be appropriate. and again, that could make a difference. >> reporter: even with the suggestion, negotiations are at an impasse. house republicans are refusing
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to increase any taxes and insist the president is not serious about cuts. >> we asked the president to lead. we asked him to put forward a plan, not a speech, a real plan. and he hasn't. we will. >> reporter: the race is on to figure out a way to raise the debt ceiling without an agreement to reduce the deficit. and what happens if the debt ceiling is not raised by deadline time, august 2nd? immediately, credit ratings agencies would downgrade u.s. government debt. bad for the government and bad for you. because the interest rates you pay are tied to what the government pays, so, mortgages, student loans, even your credit card costs, would skyrocket. also on august 3rd, since the u.s. will not be able to take out new debt, 40% of government bills will not be paid. whether social security payments or money for health, education or highways. and diane, at this late hour, still no word on any way out of this.
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congressional leaders are scattering all over the country, though they say they prepared to fly back to washington if the president calls them back to the white house. diane? >> well, jake, maybe they will talk to some of the people who lined up to tell us last night that you are fed up and frustrated with the grid lock. >> i think it's a disgrace that the politicians can't get the budget together. >> as far as i can tell, at the moment, they're not working. >> cut spending. foolish spending. >> there's a lot of talk. no one's making anything happen. >> so, we asked jon karl of abc to break it down and tell us, why it is so hard to cut a deal. >> reporter: welcome to washington, a place where, right now, it seems, nothing can get done. >> every one of us is an accomplice in causing this great nation to decline. every single o o of us. >> reporter: congresestoday looked like a bad game show. >> this is the wheel of misfortune that we have to avoid getting into. >> reporter: the key number, 217.
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the votes needed to pass a debt deal in the house. republicans are now in charge, but they don't have 217 votes to not even the last ditch option offered by republican mitch mcconnell, that would allow the president to raise the debt ceiling, but to put republicans on record opposing it. tea party republicans are saying no way to mcconnell. there is no way you'll do that, even if mitch mcconnell says it's the only option? >> mitch mcconnell is not the only person with a brain here in washington, d.c. >> reporter: after more than a week of sniping, the two republican leaders in the house say they've made peace. but not the rank and file. republican paul brown says he wants the debt ceiling lowered, not raised. if your leadership comes to you and says, "look, you have to vote to raise the debt ceiling." what do you do? >> i vote no. >> reporter: no matter what? >> no matter what. i think it's wrong. >> reporter: that's what you might call a "my way or the highway" approach. but democrats are playing that game, too. the president says he wants a
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deal that includes cuts to popular entitlement programs like medicare. but listen to what nancy pelosi told us when we asked her about cutting medicare. but are cuts in benefits on the table? >> no. >> reporter: absolutely not? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: with so many red lines being drawn, the bottom line right now, diane, is that no plan has the votes to pass. >> thank you, jon karl, again, reporting in from washington. and keep sending us your messages for washington on we're reading them. new questions now about airline safety, because of an accident that happened before the planes ever left the ground. federal investigators want to know why two jets loaded with passengers and fuel collided at boston's logan airport last night. abc's lisa stark covers aviation for us. >> reporter: the impact was forceful enough to tear apart the wing of the delta 767 and mangle the tail of the smaller regional jet. passengers felt the jolt. >> i was woken up by just a god awful crash.
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>> reporter: this, just three months after a frighteningly similar incident at new york's jfk airport, where the wing of a giant airbus a-380 clipped the tail of a regional jet. >> roll the emergency trucks to mike. we've been hit by air france. >> reporter: in last night's accidents both planes, loaded with nearly 300 passengers and 27,000 gallons of jet fuel, were heading for takeoff. the regional jet turned off the main taxiway onto another one. the 767 pilots can't quite make it by. they hit the smaller jet. >> we're going to have to come back to the gate or we're thinking maybe we should be towed back to the gate. we had an aircraft hit another aircraft. >> reporter: kevin hiatt is a former delta pilot who flew the very 767 that was involved in last night's accident. so, if you're looking out, you're really loloing out this way, you're not even looking at the wing. that's correct. that's as far as the vision of the windshield here will let you see. >> reporter: ground mishaps are a major safety concern. the faa has forced airports to
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improve markings for runways and taxiways to help pilots stay on track. government data from 2009 shows there were more than 900 runway incidents, but most were minor, including all of those at the airports which recorded the most mishaps. but there was nothing minor about last night's scare. lisa stark, abc news, washington. and here it comes, another giant sling thrower of extreme heat. the map says it all. temperatures soaring past 100. the humidity making it feel like 115. and countless heat records are falling and it's just halfway through the month. abc's chris bury is in chicago, where emergency teams are mobilizing. >> reporter: the heat wave that made the south so miserable is now spreading throughout the midwest. the scorcher of the summer. >> combination of heat and humidity, will make it feel like it's around 100 to 110 degrees for a big chunk of real estate. and what's bad, it's going to last for more than a week.
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>> reporter: by this weekend, the sticky air mass now stretching from texas to the dakotas will hover like a hot plate over the middle of the country. already, this july, 880 heat records, broken or tied. in chicago, city teams are checking on the vulnerable in buildings without air conditioning. >> extreme heat and humidity are more than an inconvenience. they are dangerous and can be deadly. >> reporter: chicago is painfully aware of that. in 1995, hundreds died over two days in a blistering july. in fact, excessive heat kills more people than any other kind of weather. more than 160 americans last year. so here, chicagoans are already crowding the beaches to beat the most dangerous days of summer. chris bury, abc news, chicago. and today, the nation joined together in a bittersweet farewell as thousands and thousands of people lined up at movie theaters, starting at the stroke of midnight. the last "harry potter" movie has arrived.
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farewell to muggles and hogwarts. take a look. hard to believe. it was more than ten years ago, three little kids came into an audition, no idea that these three were about to get the roles of a generation. >> check this out. shut up. >> and action. >> that's a dragon egg. >> what is that? >> a dragon egg. >> unbelievable how small they were. as they grew, of course, we grew with them. and after ten years and eight movies, it's time to move on. all of us knowing we just can't stay children forever. and still ahead on "world news," pay attention. can you answer this question? if not, is it because google has changed your memory and your brain power? and dr. besser's advice for all of us to get the dignity and the health care we deserve from the doctor.
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>> and a tiny body filled with so much joy and enthusiasm. a 7-year-old whose love of life makes him our "person of the week." óó
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google or yahoo! >> yes. not only their mind, but their fingers, right? so, they right there, looking stuff up. >> reporter: it's become a reflex? >> i think so. >> reporter: it's important to note, we have always relied on external sources for our memory. the old technology was called other people. for example, this is my wife bianca. i always rely on her to remember all of our friends' birthdays. and for anything having to do with sports, i rely on my colleague, john berman. all right, 1986, who played shortstop for the boston red soso >> spike owen. >> reporter: in fact, a spouse can experience a loss of shared memory quite potently after a divorce or the death of a loved one. these days, however, we very frequently turn to technology. raising the question, if the internet with its endless memory power is allowing us to remember even fewer things, is that weakening our minds? scientists are trying to figure that out, but many suspect no longer having to clutter our
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brain frees us up to be more creative. perhaps, they say, it's why our iq scores have been mysteriously and gradually rising over the past century. oh, and the answer to that question about the film lost out to "gone with the wind?" we, it's lots of them, including "mr. smith goes to washington" and "the wizard of oz." i found it on google. dan harris, abc news, at my computer. and coming up, dr. richard besser's checklist for healthy living.. for healthy living. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers,
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tonight, healthy livinin as you know, this week, abc's medical editor dr. richard besser has been bringing us his checklist for all of us, as patients, his bill of rights. number one, he said last night, was, you have a right not to be kept waiting by your doctor. number two, a right to a second opinion, and how to ask for it. and he's here with two more tonight. what's the first? >> reporter: okay, here's the first one. and it involves this. a paper gown. everybody knows as soon as you put this on, it changes that relationship with your doctor. you immediately feel vulnerable. you have the right to sit down with your doctor and talk to your doctor with your clothes on. every patient should have that dignity. >> put them on, then have your conversation about the diagnosis. >> reporter: exactly. >> and washing their hands? how do you ask a doctor to do that? >> reporter: well, it is a right for patients. doctors are busy going in and out of rooms. they can forget. you have the right to know, did your doctor wash their hands? you have the right to say, you
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know, i'm a little weird about germs, could you wash your hands? no good doctor is going to take offense about that. even doctors working right now to get doctors to wash their hands more, hospitals are having a competition and they're sending in their videos for hand w washing. >> little music videos. >> reporter: let's look. ♪ wash it ♪ wash it ♪ wash it ♪ wash it ♪ wash it >> love them out in san diego there. so, what about hand sanitizer, just as good? >> reporter: absolutely. as long as they are doing something. i posted my full patient's bill of rights up on i would love for people to take a look at that and write me. are there any rights that are important to you that i've missed? >> all right, and take the list with you, and be brave and strong. thank you, rich. and when we come back, a little boy whose love of baseball and life will change the way you see yours. our "person of the week."
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recharge your love of life. from "e:60," tom rinaldi of espn with josiah's story. >> reporter: 7-year-old josiah viera is just 27 inches tall and weighs 15 1/2 pounds. but his size doesn't limit his love for his favorite sport. >> baseball makes me happy. i like real baseball because i like to run the bases. >> reporter: josiah suffers from progeria, which causes accelerated aging in children. its name, from the greek, means "prematurely old." it is incurable and among the rarest diseases on earth. how old is his body? >> josiah's looking at being an average 60 to 70-year-old. >> reporter: doctors told josiah's mother, with the disease, his life expectancy is between 8 and 13 years. >> it's hard to explain, being a
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mom or a parent and knowing that potentially you're going to outlive your child. >> that's gone! >> reporter: that's gone! last spring, josiah told his hometown little league in higgins, pennsylvania, that it was his dream to play baseball. what did you tell coach the first time you met him about playing baseball? >> that i wanted to play baseball. he asked me, "coach, can i play?" what are you going to say to a little kid like that? >> reporter: josiah stepped to the plate to play one game. >> he hit the ball. didn't go far, five, six feet. and pants are falling down, he's trying to return, the hat's bouncing around, and fast as he can go, little arms going, trying to get to first base. he's just in heaven. >> the game is over. josiah took his hat, pulled it
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down over his face and all you see is two tears running down boththides of his nose. i went over to him, i said, "what's wrong?" he said, "i don't want it to be over." >> reporter: uncertain if his body could make it through a single game, josiah went on to play four. news of his role on the team spread and by the final game of the season -- how many people came to that last game? >> lots of people. >> reporter: nearly 1,000 people came to cheer for josiah. >> he loves the game for the game. not win or lose, it's just love. it's just to swing the bat, hit the ball and run the base. >> reporter: it would be easy to say the scene that night was timeless. but really, it wasn't. it was josiah's time. >> even though he has this sickness, he gave it his all. >> he was placed here to touch people's lives.
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>> reporter: how has he touched yours? >> he's my son. >> and josiah came to see us at "world news" not long ago, and every single person fell in love. thank you for watching. we're always on at "20/20" later. david muir at the anchor desk of over the weekend. and i'll see you monday. tension on the streets of san jose. community groups threaten a boycott over using immigration agents to fight crime. >> the end is near for san francisco's hookah bars. the first of several smoking lounges to go smoke free. >> crime or compulsion?
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a man pleads not guilty to boosting a picasso and other stolen art work. >> countdown to carmeggedon on the l.a. freeway, the mother of all traffic jams is about to begin. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> san jose police chief is scrambling to fix a public relations nightmare. >> a number of immigrant groups are so upset they might stop helping police fight crime for fear of deportation. the chief brought in federal immigration agents to help combat gang violence, there is an effort to calm things down. >> right. the police chief himself is in washington, d.c. today, but wants two things, one for ice agents to stay in place, and two for immigrant community to trust them that the pretty big gap he hopes to close with a face-to-face meeting.
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